Albaron di Savoia
Italian normal route on the south-east ridge.
From Turin motorway A55 exit Venaria Reale follow indications for Lanzo Torinese and go on through Germagnano and Ceres, here you enter in Val d'Ala, continue passing Ala di Stura and Balme and reach Pian della Mussa (1830 m.) where the road ends (78 km from Turin). From here in 2.30 h on a good path you can reach the Rifugio Gastaldi.
In 1 day, from Pian della Mussa - Rifugio Città di Ciriè using the path to Rifugio Gastaldi, reach the Pian dei Morti, from here turn right ascent the Naressa pasture and following the indications reach Pian Gias (2.15 h)
In 2 days, from Rifugio Gastaldi (2659 m) following the horizontal path on N direction, reach the old arrive station of the aerial railway and descent on the rocky slope to Pian Gias (50 min.).
From Pian Gias (2580 m.) ascent on the left side of the glacier till surround the base of SSO ridge of Punta Chalanson and rise on the right the snowy slope of Collerin Glacier. Reach the Lower Chalanson Pass a large level area of debris, warning French side throw down directly on Glacier des Evettes., and proceed on the left (West) ascending the ice hump to reach Upper Chalanson Pass that connect Italy and France.
From here ascent the snowy slope and reach the Sella d'Albaron (3469 m), turn right and proceed on the SE ridge, the first part is rocky after is snowy, shaped and exposed, you must be careful especially with ice. Reach directly by the ridge the firs summit and from here the other one, the highest point. It is possible to reach directly the highest point using a ledge some meter before the first summit (About 4 h from Rifugio Gastaldi and 5.30 h from Rifugio Città di Ciriè, difficulty from F to PD, depending on the conditions).
DESCENT: Descend on the same route, from Pian Gias is useful, if you don?t have to return to Rifugio Gastaldi, to descent directly on the Naressa pasture to Pian della Mussa, in this case pay attention at the end of Pian Gias, leave the snowy slope for the path on the right moraine (hydrographic).
Ascent route to the summit include glaciers so you need crampons, ice-axe and rope. And of course high mountain gear.
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